Next week House of Sparky will begin our "#SunDevilMoments" tournament, with the 16 best moments from the athletic season. This week we will randomly introduce all 16 moments, then reveal our seedings and match-ups next week, where you, the reader, will vote on what was the ASU athletics Moment of the Year.
Typically, homecoming heroes are recognized as being quarterbacks or other position players that throw, carry or catch the ball in the end zone for six points.
In 2014, Arizona State's homecoming hero ended up being the player who kicked the ball through the uprights -- then-sophomore kicker Zane Gonzalez.
The Deer Park, Texas, native tallied 13 of the Sun Devils' 19 points on the night, propelling ASU to a 19-16 overtime win over the No. 17 Utah Utes. He nailed four of five field goals during the game, including the 36-yard game-winner in overtime.
Gonzalez, who entered the game having converted 10 of 12 attempts, outperformed Utes kicker Andy Phillips, who entered having made 87 percent of his attempts coming in.
In quarterback Taylor Kelly's second game back under center, the Sun Devils offense sputtered on multiple drives, but were unable to punch the ball into the end zone, calling on Gonzalez for kicks from 20, 45 and 50 yards (his only miss of the night).
A surge to open the third would give the Utes the advantage in the third quarter before Gonzalez field goal from 30 yards notched the game at 16 a piece.
In the overtime frame, the offenses continued to struggle moving the ball. Utah had first possession, but had to settle for a field goal. Despite having already hit from 50, 36 and 44 yards, Phillips missed twice from 35 yards out; once before a timeout to try and freeze him, then on the ensuing attempt that counted.
This gave Gonzalez the chance to win the game for ASU, and he would do so, knocking down a 36-yard attempt to extend the Sun Devils' winning-streak to four games.
The win placed ASU back in control of its destiny in the Pac-12 South again, and propelled the team into the top ten of the Associated Press poll entering their match up with No. 10 Notre Dame.
The Sun Devils close shave over the Utes was one of the most dramatic moments of the ASU athletics year.
We saw this moment as the No. 6 moment of the ASU athletic season. It will be up the readers, beginning next week, to see how far this moment goes in our bracket.